Valletta – The east side of the peninsula city (Blue Line)

The East side of the Peninsula city

The side which saw most of the historical action

This walk takes you through the East side of the peninsula city of Valletta. It is the side that overlooks the Grand Harbour; the side of Valletta that has possibly witnessed more historical episodes than the western side. You will go through landmarks of Malta’s political, social, religious, and commercial history when you walk by Auberge de Castille, the old University, St John’s Co. Cathedral, or the quaint George Zammit spice shop. And why not try some of the popular local pastry called “pastizzi” when you walk by the traditional pastizzeria. Take time to admire spectacular views of the Grand harbour from Upper Barrakka gardens and if you are there at noon, you’re in for a surprise!

Historic Landmarks

Join one of our walking tours and discover the history and culture of what is possibly one of the smallest capital cities in Europe. Valletta, officially recognised as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1980, may be small in size, but it is bursting with iconic landmarks, monuments and buildings, each with a colourful story to tell.

Professional Destination Experts

Our destination experts are all locals who are passionate about our islands’ capital city. At City Walks Malta we insist on working only with the most trusted and experienced destination experts, who share our values, vision, and ethics. They can share stories and local anecdotes that you will not be able to hear from anyone else.


Our guided tours are in English but if this is not your language each tour comes with full recorded explanations in French, Italian, German and Spanish.

Malta5D Show

The Malta 5D show is a new generation theatre exploring the history and culture of Malta & Gozo in an interactive and exciting way. Shows run every 30 mins. from 10am to 4pm from Mon to Sat.

Walk Itinerary

1 - Royal Opera House
Built on Freedom Square in 1866, the Royal Opera House was considered one of Valletta’s most iconic buildings before its destruction during the Second World War. The ruins have been converted into an open-air theatre where plays and other performances are held during the warm summer months.
2 - Monument to La Valette
3 - Victory Church
The Our Lady of Victory Church was the first church and building completed in Valletta. The site of the Victory Church is where the foundation stone of the new city of Valletta was laid in March 1566.
4 - Castille Square
Castille Square is the largest square in Valletta. It is located on Saint James Bastion, close to the Upper Barrakka Gardens.
5 - Auberge de Castille
The Auberge de Castille is the building on Castille Square that currently houses the Office of the Prime Minister of Malta. It was built by the authority of the magistrate Manuel Pinto da Fonseca in the 1740s in the Spanish Baroque style.
6 - St James Cavalier
Saint James Cavalier is a fort in Valletta built by the governing Order of Saint John in the 16th century and it overlooks Saint James Bastion.
7 - La Borsa - Malta Stock Exchange
The Malta Stock Exchange, originally known as the Casino della Borsa, is the stock exchange of Malta. The building was designed by T.M. Ellis and built in 1857.
8 - Upper Barrakka Gardens
The Upper Barrakka Gardens, situated on Saint Ursula’s Street, is a park that is twinned with the Lower Barrakka Gardens, both of which offer panoramic views of the Grand Harbour. The Upper Gardens form the upper tier of Saints Peter and Paul Bastion which was built in the 1560s.
9 - The Saluting Battery
The Saluting Battery is an artillery platform in Valletta. It was built from limestone in the 16th century by the Order of Saint John on or near the site of an Ottoman battery from the Great Siege of Malta in 1565.
10 - The Lascaris War Rooms
The Lascaris War Rooms is an underground complex of tunnels and rooms that was the home of the headquarters of the island’s war effort during the Second World War. Later used by NATO (The North Atlantic Trade Organisation), the complex is now open to the public as a museum.
11 - St. Paul's Shipwreck Church
The Collegiate Parish Church of St Paul’s Shipwreck is one of the oldest Catholic churches in Valletta. It is another great example of the architectural work of Girolamo Cassar who designed the church in the 1570s before it was completed at the end of 1582.
12 - Old University of Malta
The Old University Building served as the original campus of the University of Malta and was built in 1595 at which point it was home to the Melitense Societatis Jesu, also known as the Maltese Jesuit Society. The building sustained damage from a gunpowder factory explosion in 1634 and then an earthquake in 1693.
13 - Church of the Jesuits
14 - Is-Suq Tal-Belt - Valletta Food Market
Is-Suq tal-Belt is the main city market of Valletta and is also referred to as the Covered Market since it is located in a huge market hall in the center of the city. The market hall was built in the early 19th century and is made mostly of iron and it sustained some severe damage during the World War 2 air raids.
15 - Malta Pastizzi
16 - Monte Di Pieta'
The Monte de Pieta building is a 16th century Mannerist building that can be found at no. 46 Merchants Street in the heart of Valletta. Like most of the buildings in this style, the interior has been redecorated and refurbished in the Baroque style.
17 - Nelson's Hook
Nelson’s Hook is a crooked piece of metal attached to the wall at the corner of Merchant Street and St. John Street. There are many myths surrounding one of the smallest points of interest in Malta and the exact purpose of the hook is still unknown.
18 - St. John's Co-Cathedral
St. John’s Co-Cathedral is one of the defining architectural landmarks of Valletta. It is a Catholic co-cathedral that was designed by the prominent Maltese architect Girolamo Cassar. The Co-Cathedral of St. John is also the current home of Italian painter Caravaggio’s “The Beheading of Saint John the Baptist”.
19 - Castellania
The Castellania was originally built by the Order of St. John between 1757 and 1760 to be the courthouse and prison of Valletta. Before it was erected, the site had served as the location of an ancient courthouse since 1572
20 - Palazzo Parisio
The Palazzo Parisio is a palace built in the 1740s that is also referred to as Casa Parisio, located directly across the street from the Auberge d’Italie.
21 - Auberge D'Italie - MUZA Museum
The Auberge d’Italie was first built as the headquarters for the knights of the Order of St. John coming from Italy more than 500 years ago. It is characterized by its Mannerist style that has been overlaid with Baroque touches since it was restored in the 1680s. Nowadays its main draw is the National Museum of Fine Arts, or MUZA


Amazing Tour! Great food, sights and awesome guides. We had an awesome time. We were a large group, but easily accommodated by City Walks Malta. The atmosphere was amazing, the weather was perfect, and the sights were beautiful.
Sally Smith
March 2022
The company was recommended to us by a friend, and now I can see why! It was certainly one of the highlights of our vacation. The guides were all very friendly, experienced, and professional which made it a real treat.
Doug Martin
March 2022
I was visiting from out of Europe with my family, most of whom had never been to Malta before, and we thought a tour would be a good idea - we're sure glad that we did! The experienced guide made sure that the whole day went smoothly, and luckily for us the weather was great. Highly recommended!
Gary Jones
March 2022

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Our Other Walks

Take a look at all the walk routes which are included in your pass. 1 pass will literally cover all the points of interest in beautiful Valletta!

Valletta from the Knights of Malta to Colonial times

This walk takes you down Republic Street, formerly known as Kingsway. You will pass by beautiful Auberges, richly adorned Churches, historical band clubs, the Magisterial Palace, and other monuments that recall episodes from the islands’ chequered history. The beauty of the buildings will leave you in awe as they represent some of the best examples of baroque architecture. The tour ends at Malta 5D.

Lower Valletta and Grand Harbour

This walk takes you round the lower parts of Malta’s Capital city start with Fort St. Elmo, the scene of one of Europe’s bloodiest battles, in 1565. You can see the splendour of the Sacra Infermeria of the Order of St. John and admire the bastions that the Knights built to protect their capital city. The walk continues to magnificent churches and other landmarks along the edge of the Grand Harbour.

Renzo Piano and the entrance to a walled city

The walled city of Valletta always had a main entrance within the Porta Reale Curtain. Today's entrance, which marks the beginning of Republic Street was designed by the world-renowned Italian architect, Renzo Piano. This walk starts from the timeless majesty of the Three Triton Fountain and then takes the visitor to the Embassy of the Knights of St John, the original builders of the city of Valletta.

Floriana – Borgo Vilhena

Floriana is a walled city just outside the walls of Valletta. The walls in Floriana were designed to keep enemy troops as far as possible from Valletta; a project started by Grand Master António Manoel de Vilhena. This walk takes you around the main attractions, buildings ad lovely gardens and walkways in Floriana; all sites that were and continue to be central to life in Malta.
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